Category Archive: Just the Journal

Oct 01 2015

New career chapters require lots of caffeine


After working just 6 weeks shy of 11 years as a communications specialist for a huge global Swedish industrial conglomerate, today I am starting a new job as a communications specialist for slightly smaller global Swedish industrial conglomerate. Well, operational headquarters is in Sweden at least, corporate HQ is in Switzerland (BUMMER!  ) which is probably going to …

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Sep 15 2015

Not making my case for fish or left-overs


Like many long-term couples, Dr. Darling and I have a number running jokes between us, one of which centers around my years-long campaign to try to get her to eat fish … specifically salmon. Swedes are a seriously fish-eating people … they serve 8 different kinds of pickled herring for every holiday, I kid you …

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Aug 28 2015

My Oreo Cup Runneth Over


A couple of weeks ago, I read with GREAT interest a flurry of online articles about the release of a new limited-edition flavor of Oreo cookie called “Brownie Batter.” Being a BIG fan of both the original Oreo cookie and brownie batter (I honestly can’t remember the last time I made brownies that actually ended up …

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Aug 21 2015

Some rules are made to be broken …


… and some toys are definitely earned. I broke one of my cardinal personal technology rules this week. The one that says DO NOT PURCHASE THE 1ST GENERATION OF ANY NEW GADGET. But in my defense, if one is going to buy the 1st generation of a new high-tech product, getting one from Apple is usually a …

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Aug 15 2015

Her turn to take one for the team


Titanium wedding rings have been in the news lately, and based on the image that NPR chose to use with their article (click the photo read it), I’m guessing there has been a surge in their popularity connected to same-sex marriage. And if this is indeed the case, it means that for once in our lives, Dr. …

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Aug 11 2015

Back to the grind … temporarily


I’m back in my office for the first time following three weeks (+ 1 day) of summer vacation, which I realize might sound quite decadent and luxurious to many of my American readers. Swedish labor law says I am entitled to a minimum of 5 weeks of vacation per year, 4 of which can be taken …

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Aug 09 2015

Caffeine market saturation


Earlier this week Dr. Darling and I decided to take advantage of the summer weather that has FINALLY showed up in these parts to get out on our bikes for a bit. Our destination was Lund, the college town roughly 18 kilometers northeast of Malmö that also happens to be home to my new (as …

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